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What is a UK Fiancé Visa & how to apply for the visa

What is a UK Fiancé Visa & how to apply for the visa? The title really explains the number of...

Applying for a UK Spouse Visa

Applying for a UK Spouse Visa When you and your partner consider to apply under the UK Spouse Visa route,...

NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus

NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus As part of the national effort to combat...

Families reunited as asylum seekers transferred to the UK

Families reunited as asylum seekers transferred to the UK This is the latest in a series of flights which has...

Applying For A UK Spouse Visa And Human rights

Applying for a UK Spouse Visa and Human Rights When applying for a UK spouse Visa or marriage Visa, you...

Immigration Law Changes – 22nd Oct 2020

Immigration Law Changes - 22nd Oct 2020 The Visitor rules will now: permit study of up to six months under...

Short-term students

Short-term students The short-term study routes (previously student visitor routes) are for people who want to come to the UK to...

Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK

Visa decision waiting times, applications outside the UK You do not need to book your travel before applying for a...

Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants

Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants Overview of financial evidence Financial evidence is proof that you have...

Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT)

Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT) Applications that require an English language test There...

What is a UK Fiancé Visa & how to apply for the visa

What is a UK Fiancé Visa & how to apply for the visa? The title really explains the number of questions we get asked on this route and sometimes, Clients are not aware of this visa route. I hope you would find this article useful given that Brexit has come into force from 1st Jan 2021. What is a Fiancé Visa? The visa route allows you to marry in the UK, and unlike other visa categories, this is for those only intending to travel and marry in the UK. The visa should not be confused with other categories. As most Clients are confused with the fiancé visa and the marriage visitors visa, there are a number of distinction between those visas. The latter does not permit you to extend and is not designed for those getting married to a person settled in the UK. How soon do we need to be married in the UK once the fiancé visa is granted? The visa is granted by the Home Office for a period of 6 months. This would allow you enough time to get married legally in the UK and whilst you may not be able to hold a large reception at...

Applying for a UK Spouse Visa

Applying for a UK Spouse Visa When you and your partner consider to apply under the UK Spouse Visa route, you need to look into the requirements & ensure the spouse visa requirements are met. To be applicable for a spouse visa, a partner should be one of the following: A British citizen. Settled in the UK. Has limited leave as a refugee/or under humanitarian protection. Has limited leave, in the UK, and is a business person or a worker. EEA Citizen with limited leave. What is meant by ‘a partner’? The UK Spouse visa application route defines who can be referred as a "partner". Some of those, are a fiancé, those who have lived together for 2 years akin to marriage or your legally married. Those marriages under the proxy marriages, there are various legal opinions. Whenever an application for a UK Spouse Visa are applied, considerations are taken to the genuineness of the relationship. Spouse Visa applications are sometimes refused due to the fact that the material information related to the relationship were not provided. We must ensure that whenever an application for a UK Spouse visa are lodged, the evidences to support the relationship are enclosed. How...

NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus

NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus As part of the national effort to combat coronavirus, doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year. The extension, announced today (31 March) by the Home Secretary Priti Patel, will apply to around 2,800 migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics, employed by the NHS whose visa is due to expire before 1 October. The extension will also apply to their family members, demonstrating how valued overseas NHS staff are to the UK. By giving them the peace of mind that they do not need to apply for a visa extension, this will allow those at the frontline – working around the clock in hospitals to treat the most seriously ill – to focus fully on combatting coronavirus and saving lives. To get more doctors and nurses on the frontline, the Home Office has also lifted the restriction on the amount of hours student nurses and doctors can work in the NHS. On top of these changes, pre-registered overseas nurses who are currently required to sit their first skills test within 3 months and to pass the test within 8 months, will...

Families reunited as asylum seekers transferred to the UK

Families reunited as asylum seekers transferred to the UK This is the latest in a series of flights which has brought asylum seekers to the UK from Greece to reunite with family, demonstrating that throughout the pandemic, the UK has remained open and fully committed to family reunification. Around two thirds of the group were children, who will now be supported by their UK family. The 28 are a mix of Afghan, Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Syrian and Bangladeshi nationals. Five arrived on Monday, eight on Tuesday and seven yesterday (Thursday). The remaining eight will arrive today (Friday). The youngest of the group was aged six, while the oldest was 42. Through resettlement schemes, the UK resettles more refugees than any other country in Europe and are in the top five countries worldwide. Since September 2015, more than 25,000 vulnerable refugees have been resettled, with around half being children. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: I am delighted that we can bring families, who have suffered the trauma of being separated, back together. These individuals, most of whom are children, are now able to be in the UK alongside their loved ones. Such arrivals show that our commitment to those in need of...

Applying For A UK Spouse Visa And Human rights

Applying for a UK Spouse Visa and Human Rights When applying for a UK spouse Visa or marriage Visa, you need to consider a number of factors including meeting the financial requirements. Here are some key requirements to consider: Each person must receive consideration of their family and individual circumstances, taking in to account all matters raised on a case-by-case basis. Home Office will look at an application on it's own. You need to make sure that the information and evidences supports your spouse Visa application. In the spouse Visa application, consideration are looked into. First, you must consider if the application relies on dependencies between family, whether the applicant meets the general, suitability and eligibility requirements of the family Immigration Rules; or, if the application is from an individual and relies solely on the basis of private life in the UK, the private life Immigration Rules under paragraphs 276ADE(1)-DH of Part 7. The financial requirements and showing adequate accommodation is also important on the UK spouse Visa application. English language is required but there are grounds for exemptions. UK Spouse Visa, marriage and relationship Where a proposed marriage or civil partnership referred to the Home Office under the 2014...

Immigration Law Changes – 22nd Oct 2020

Immigration Law Changes - 22nd Oct 2020 The Visitor rules will now: permit study of up to six months under the standard visit route. All study must be undertaken at an accredited institution, except recreational courses undertaken for leisure that last no longer than 30 days; allow drivers on international routes to collect as well as deliver goods and passengers in and out of the UK; remove the requirement for volunteering to be incidental to the main reason for the visit. In the Student and Child Student rules, the maintenance levels are being amended in line with the current home student maintenance loans. Minor corrections will be made to the rules as laid on 5 October 2020. A new Short-term Study route is being introduced for students who wish to come to the UK to study English language courses for between 6 and 11 months, replacing the current route. The study must be at an accredited institution. Students who wish to come to the UK to study for 6 months or less may now do so under the Visitor route. The Skilled Worker route is a new points-based route for those who wish to come to the UK for the purpose...

Short-term students

Short-term students The short-term study routes (previously student visitor routes) are for people who want to come to the UK to study for a short period of time on a course that does not include a work placement or work experience, with the exception of electives which meet paragraph A57D(a)(iii) of the Immigration Rules. There are 3 short-term student routes: short-term student (6 months) – for applicants aged 16 and over for a maximum of 6 months’ study; short-term student (11 months) – for applicants aged 16 and over for a maximum of 11 months’ English language study only; short-term student (child) – for applicants aged under 16 for a maximum of 6 months’ study. The only situation in which a student may use short-term study (STS) to study a course that will not be completed within their 6 month stay, other than for an English language course, is where a student is undertaking distance learning. An applicant who wishes to use short-term study to undertake distance learning in the UK must meet all of the following criteria. They must: be studying for the majority of their time outside of the UK for a UK qualification by distance learning; be on a course...

Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK

Visa decision waiting times, applications outside the UK You do not need to book your travel before applying for a visa. Visa fees can only be refunded if we have not yet started processing your application. If you are applying to extend or switch a visa within the UK, check the individual visa guides to find out how long it will take. If you want to visit the UK You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre, where 1 week is 5 working days, if you are applying for a visa to visit the UK: for a holiday or to see family or friends for a business trip or meeting to get married You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre. If you’re travelling through the UK You should get a decision within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre, where 1 week is 5 working days, if you are applying for a visa to travel through the UK on your way to another country, You may be able to get your...

Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants

Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants Overview of financial evidence Financial evidence is proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in the UK. Usually you’ll need to show a set amount of money for each month of your course, for up to 9 months. If you’re applying from overseas, or if are applying in the UK but have not been here with permission for 12 months or more, you must show that you have enough money to cover your course fees (and boarding fees, if relevant) and living costs. You might not need to provide financial evidence if you’re from an exempt country but you should still make sure you have enough funds. UK Visas and Immigration may ask you to show that you have them. You do not need to show funds if you are applying as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer or to study as a doctor or dentist in training. How your finance requirement is worked out Students The amount of money you need to show depends on: your course fees, which are set out on your confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) Your education provider will send you the CAS once they’ve offered...

Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT)

Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT) Applications that require an English language test There are 2 types of test as different immigration routes require different levels of English language ability. The test you will need to take depends on what you are applying for. For the following application routes, you will need to take a test that assesses your reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities: Innovator Start-up Tier 2 (General) Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Student For the following application routes, you will need to take a test that assesses your speaking and listening abilities: Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Representative of an Overseas Business partner parent settlement (also known as indefinite leave to remain) citizenship The level of test you will need, known as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level, will depend on the route you are applying for. To find out which level you need, see the specific guidance for your immigration route. Approved test providers and approved tests You can only take an SELT with one of the following providers: IELTS SELT Consortium (UK or overseas) LanguageCert (UK or overseas) Trinity College London (UK only) Pearson (UK and overseas) PSI Services (UK) Ltd...